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Image:Lakshmi on Alpana.JPG|thumb|200 px|roght|Alpana on an altar underneath a statue of the goddess Lakshmi. '''Alpana''' or '''alpona''' refers to colourful motifs, sacred art or painting done on a horizontal surface on auspicious occasions in Bengal like Puja (Hinduism) |Puja, wedding or community events . The art typically has some religious significance. This type of art is found on the Indian subcontinent. The word Alpana is derived from the Sanskrit ''alimpana'', which means 'to plaster' or 'to coat with'.
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